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Best Breakfast/Brunch Near Kennesaw GA

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 04/25/16

Find the best restaurants serving breakfast or brunch near Kennesaw GA 30144.Best Breakfast in Kennesaw GA

Enjoy a quick breakfast on the go or a leisurely weekend brunch at some of the best local eateries near Kennesaw GA.

A VERY INFORMAL Facebook poll of LOCAL residents reveals a few hidden gems, some landmark restaurants and even a few chains with great breakfast/brunch dining options.

Here are the Best Breakfast Spots Near Kennesaw GA 30144 as selected by local residents:

1.  First Watch, 3815 Cherokee Street, Kennesaw GA 30144

2.  J. Christopher's, 2700 Town Center Drive, Kennesaw GA 30144

3.  Whistle Stop Cafe, 1200 Ernest Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw GA 30144

4.  The Ugly Biscuit, 2756 South Main Street, Kennesaw GA 30144

5.  Copeland's, 1142 Ernest Barrett Parkway, Kennesaw GA 30144

6.  Cracker Barrel, 3389 Busbee Drive, Kennesaw GA 30144

7.  Derek's Coffee Shop, 1438 Canton Road, Marietta GA 30066

8.  Martin's Restaurant, 2005 Cobb Parkway NW, Kennesaw GA 30152

9.  Canvas Café & Bakery, 724 Cherokee Street, Marietta GA 30060

10.  Come-N-Get-It, 1409 Church Street, Marietta GA 30060

Other notables:
Crooked Tree Café
Doug's Place
Jack's New York Deli
Mountain Biscuits
Nibbles Grill
Red Eyed Mule
Reveille Café
Stilesboro Biscuits

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New Listing in Arbor Ridge At Marietta-2415 Arbor Tree Way

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 03/02/16

New Listing in Arbor Ridge at Marietta, sought after gated 55 and over Active Adult Community in West Cobb County.  Stepless entry ranch patio home for sale in Arbor Ridge at Marietta GA 30064.

2415 Arbor Tree Way, Marietta GA 30064Home for Sale in Arbor Ridge at Marietta 30064

FMLS# 5653795  List Price: $279,900

The Details:
3 bedrooms
3 baths
FULL FINISHED BASEMENT
Upgraded window package
Sunroom
2 Car Garage
HOA is $218 per month (includes water, sewer, exterior maintenance, landscaping, termite/pest control and all community amenities)

VIRTUAL TOUR

Arbor Ridge at Marietta is located at the intersection of Macland Road and West Sandtown Road just west of Barrett Parkway.  The location is perfect for accessing both Kennesaw Mountain and the Silver Comet Trail.  Several grocery stores are within a very short drive as well as retail shopping via Barrett Parkway/East West Connector & Dallas Highway.

Medical services at nearby Wellstar Cobb Hospital and Wellstar Kennestone Hospital.  VA also has a clinic at East West Connector near Austell Road.

Read More about Arbor Ridge at Marietta here.

Contact Jenna Dixon at 770-374-4230 to schedule a private showing!


Listing Provided Courtesy of COLDWELL BANKER RESIDENTIAL BROKERS

 

What is the difference between a Termite Clearance Letter & A Bond?

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 02/23/16

What is the difference between a Termite Clearance Letter and a Termite Bond?Do I need a termite clearance letter?

When it comes to real estate in Georgia there are two types of homes:

1.  Houses that HAVE TERMITES.

2. Houses that WILL HAVE TERMITES.

It used to be a requirement by mortgage lenders that every property had to be inspected for termites and issued a Termite Clearance Letter prior to closing.

The lender "requirement" has changed or fallen by the wayside but the TRADITION OF THE INSPECTION CONTINUES.

Nearly every real estate contract written in Georgia stipulates a request that the SELLER PROVIDE, AT NO COST TO THE BUYER, A TERMITE CLEARANCE LETTER PRIOR TO CLOSING.

Many times that request will go on to request a TRANSFERRABLE TERMITE BOND for one year at no cost to the buyer.

Understanding the distinction between a clearance letter and a bond is very important.

TERMITE CLEARANCE LETTER indicates that the property has been inspected by a certified, licensed professional pest control company and they found NO ACTIVE INFESTATION OF TERMITES.  That may not mean that there were never termites or that there will never be termites only that on the day of the inspection, they found no evidence of active, live termites.

TRANSFERRABLE TERMITE BOND indicates that the property has previously been treated for termites and is under warranty with the pest control company.  

Bonds are common in new constructions, builders pre-emptively treat new builds to prevent termites.  The bond will be transferred to the new owner at closing and will be good for 1 year.  Subsequent years are the responsibility of the new owner to renew.

Bonds are also common in existing home sales but it is an important distinction to understand the difference between asking for a clearance letter and a transferrable bond.

Keep in mind that, in the rare instance, an existing home has never been treated for termites or a previous bond has lapsed, negotiating the terms of an agreement can be very important to the transaction.

Having adequate representation in your real estate transaction is imperative to protecting your interests...even when it comes to termites!

Do I Make Too Much Money To Get An FHA Loan

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 02/21/16

Do I make too much money to get an FHA Loan?

The answer is NO!  There are no minimum or maximum income limits for buyers looking for a new FHA mortgage loan.  

The qualifying process for FHA loans focuses on the borrower's ability to repay the loan and there is not a minimum or maximum income scale.

However, there are LOAN LIMITS for FHA for each county across the country. This means that within each geographic area, there are maximum LOAN AMOUNTS that FHA will guarantee.

In the Atlanta Metropolitian Statiscal Area the FHA loan limit is $342,700 for a single family home.  

In short, what this means is that buyers are limited to financing no more than $342,700 with an FHA mortgage.  Check loan limits in your area here.

The required MINIMUM down payment for an FHA mortgage is 3.5% of the purchase price. (There are select exceptions to this rule that may apply when purchasing a foreclosed property owned by HUD)

Finding the right loan program to finance the purchase of your home is an important step.  

For questions about financing your new home, I recommend Christensen Financial.  Contact Rick Dixon, Branch Manager in Powder Springs, at 770-675-3610 or visit www.GeorgiaLoanConnection.com to get started today!


Homes for Sale in the Victoria Crossing Subdivision Kennesaw GA 30144

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 01/31/16

Jenna Dixon DRA Homes Presents: Homes for Sale in the Victoria Crossing Subdivision Kennesaw GA 30144

Ask About Our 1% Buyer Rebate on the Purchase of New Construction


Why Do People Live Here?

Victoria Crossing is an active adult 55 and over neighborhood  by Fortress Builders near the historic center of Kennesaw in Cobb County.  This 55+ active adult DETACHED ranch home community priced from the $270s  .  The subdivision is conveniently located on Moon Station Road between Main Street & Jiles Road.  From Interstate 75, you will use the Wade Green Road exit.  The neighborhood  is close to shopping and dining, entertainment and health care.  
Looking for a Home in Victoria Crossing?

Interested in finding homes for sale in the Victoria Crossing Subdivision in Kennesaw GA? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this community in Kennesaw.

What's the Neighborhood Like?

Victoria Crossing features 3 and 4 bedroom craftsman style ranch homes. Floor plans range in size from approximately 2100 square feet to 2400 +/- square feet.  The community began construction in 2015. Homes in Victoria Crossing have brick & concrete siding exteriors with attractive accents, 2 car attached garages and sodded lawns.  

Interiors at Victoria Crossing are highlighted by extensive wide plank hardwood flooring, tiled baths & laundry room, showers with benches in the master baths and lovely trim details.  

On-site amenities at Victoria Crossing  include a park and outdoor gathering spot for residents and sidewalks along the tree lined streets.  Homeowner’s Association fees of $135 per month are mandatory and include common area landscape maintenance & irrigation, individual property lawn maintenance, and streetlights.


What's Going on Nearby the Victoria Crossing Neighborhood?

Victoria Crossing  is located minutes from several supermarkets and large discount chains.  Easy access to Downtown Kennesaw, Cobb Parkway, Interstate 75 and Wade Green Road.  There is ample opportunity for shopping & dining as well as entertainment at nearby theaters. The historic Marietta Square is just a short drive away and plays host to wonderful cultural and community events.

If outdoor recreational activities are more your style, Lake Allatoona and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield are just a short drive.  Or,  you may access the Silver Comet Trail nearby.  Opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, swimming and more are all within reach!  There are also several public and private golf courses nearby.

Find out more about the features of Cobb & Paulding counties that make them a wonderful choice for the ACTIVE ADULT LIFESTYLE.

What Schools will the Kids Attend?

While schools may not be a primary concern for residents in a 55 and over community, they remain important when considering property values and appreciation.  In addition, those residents wishing to remain close to family and friends may find this information useful.  For Victoria Crossing, the school districts include: Kennesaw Elementary School, Awtrey Middle School and North Cobb High School.  Find more information about Cobb County Schools.


Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?

If you are interested in the current homes for sale in Victoria Crossing Subdivision in Kennesaw GA click on the link. Our 'for sale' property information is a direct feed from the Georgia MLS and is updated multiple times per day.  List prices in the community currently range from a low of $270,000 to a high of $345,900.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON VICTORIA CROSSING  OR OTHER ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITIES, PLEASE CONTACT JENNA DIXON, ASSOCIATE BROKER, DRA HOMES AT 770-374-4230.

*provided for informational purposes only, subject to errors and omissions.  Jenna Dixon and DRA Homes are not listing agents for this community and do not represent the seller.


Homes for Sale in the Chimney Cottages Subdivision Marietta GA 30066

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 01/29/16

Jenna Dixon DRA Homes Presents: Homes for Sale in the Chimney Cottages Subdivision Marietta GA 30066


Why Do People Live Here?

Chimney Cottages is an active adult 55 and over neighborhood  by Fortress Builders in East Cobb County.  Garden style ranch condominiums priced from the $240s  .  The subdivision is conveniently located just off Canton Highway only 1 mile from Interstate 75 at Westerly Way.  The area is close to shopping and dining, entertainment and health care.  
Looking for a home in Chimney Cottages?

Interested in finding homes for sale in the Chimney Cottages Subdivision in Marietta GA? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this community in Marietta.

What's the Neighborhood Like? Homes for sale Chimney Cottages Marietta GA

Chimney Cottages features 2 and 3 bedroom garden style ranch condos. Homes range in size from approximately 1700 square feet to 1900 square feet.  The community began construction in 2005 and will reach completion in early 2016. This small enclave contains only approximately 32 homes. Homes feature 2 car attached garages, extensive hardwood flooring, tiled showers with benches in the master baths and a zero maintenance landscape!

On-site amenities at Chimney Cottages include a park and outdoor gathering spot for residents.  Homeowner’s Association fees of $267 per month are mandatory and  include exterior landscape maintenance, water, sewer and streetlights, garbage collection, building insurance and termite bond.


What's Going on Nearby the Chimney Cottages Neighborhood?

Chimney Cottages is located minutes from several supermarkets and large discount chains.  Easy access to Canton Highway, Cobb Parkway, Interstate 75 and Sandy Plains Road.  There is ample opportunity for shopping & dining as well as entertainment at nearby theaters. The historic Marietta Square is just minutes away and plays host to wonderful cultural and community events.

If outdoor recreational activities are more your style, Lake Allatoona and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield are just a short drive.  Or,  you may access the Silver Comet Trail nearby.  Opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, swimming and more are all within reach!  There are also several public and private golf courses nearby.

Find out more about the features of Cobb & Paulding counties that make them a wonderful choice for the ACTIVE ADULT LIFESTYLE.
What Schools will the Kids Attend?

While schools may not be a primary concern for residents in a 55 and over community, they remain important when considering property values and appreciation.  In addition, those residents wishing to remain close to family and friends may find this information useful.  For Chimney Cottages, the school districts include: Bells Ferry Elementary School, Daniell Middle School and Sprayberry High School.  Find more information about Cobb County Schools.

Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?

If you are interested in the current homes for sale in Chimney Cottages Subdivision in Marietta GA click on the link. Our 'for sale' property information is a direct feed from the Georgia MLS and is updated multiple times per day.  Sale prices in the community over the last 12 months have ranged from a low of $190,000 to a high of $250,600.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON CHIMNEY COTTAGES OR OTHER ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITIES, PLEASE CONTACT JENNA DIXON, ASSOCIATE BROKER, DRA HOMES AT 770-374-4230.

*provided for informational purposes only, subject to errors and omissions.  Jenna Dixon and DRA Homes are not listing agents for this community and do not represent the seller.

Homes for Sale in the Brookstone Manor Subdivision Acworth GA 30101

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 12/28/15

Jenna Dixon DRA Homes Presents: Homes for Sale in the Brookstone Manor Subdivision Acworth GA 30101


Homes for Sale in the Brookstone Manor Subdivision Acworth GA 30101

Homes for Sale in Brookstone Manor Acworth GA 30101

Why Do People Live here?

Brookstone Manor is a beautiful active adult 55 and over neighborhood  by Fortress Builders in Cobb County.  The community consists of garden style ranch condominiums in a master planned cou

ntry club community .  The subdivision is conveniently located between Cobb Parkway & Dallas Highway off of Mars Hill Road.  The area is close to shopping and dining, entertainment and health care.

Looking for a home in Brookstone Manor?

Interested in finding homes for sale in the Brookstone Manor Subdivision in Acworth GA? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this community in Acworth.

Active Adult Lifestyle CommunitiesWhat's the Neighborhood Like?

Brookstone Manor features 2 and 3 bedroom ranch condos.  Homes range in size from approximately 1500 square feet to 2000 square feet.  The community began construction in 2006 and will reach completion of at the end of 2015 or beginning of 2016.  Homes feature 2 car attached garages, many energy efficient features, wide plank engineered hardwood flooring, and upscale finishes.

On-site amenities at Brookstone Manor include a private pool and clubhouse for residents.  Homeowner’s Association fees of $250 per month are mandatory and  include exterior landscape maintenance, water, sewer and streetlights, garbage collection, building insurance and termite bond.

Brookstone Country Club membership is not included in the HOA fees or the purchase of a residence in Brookstone Manor.


What's Going on Nearby the Brookstone Manor Neighborhood?

Brookstone Manor is located minutes from several supermarkets and large discount chains.  Easy access to Cobb Parkway and Dallas Highway ample opportunity for shopping & dining as well as entertainment at nearby theaters.

If outdoor recreational activities are more your style, Lake Allatoona and Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield are just a short drive.  Or,  you may access the Silver Comet Trail nearby.  Opportunities for hiking, biking, boating, swimming and more are all within reach!  There are also several public and private golf courses nearby.

Find out more about the features of Cobb & Paulding counties that make them a wonderful choice for the ACTIVE ADULT LIFESTYLE.

What Schools will the Kids Attend?

While schools may not be a primary concern for residents in a 55 and over community, they remain important when considering property values and appreciation.  In addition, those residents wishing to remain close to family and friends may find this information useful.  For Brookstone Manor, the school districts include: Picketts Mill Elementary School, Durham Middle School and Allatoona High School.  Find more information about Cobb County Schools.

Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?


If you are interested in the current
homes for sale in Brookstone Manor Subdivision in Acworth GA click on the link. Our 'for sale' property information is a direct feed from the Georgia MLS and is updated multiple times per day.  Sale prices in the community over the last 12 months have ranged from a low of $232,000 to a high of $262,900.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BROOKSTONE MANOR OR OTHER ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITIES, PLEASE CONTACT JENNA DIXON, ASSOCIATE BROKER, DRA HOMES AT 770-374-4230.

*provided for informational purposes only, subject to errors and omissions.  Jenna Dixon and DRA Homes are not listing agents for this community and do not represent the seller.



Homes for Sale in the BelAire Subdivision Powder Springs GA 30127

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 12/28/15

Jenna Dixon DRA Homes Presents: Homes for Sale in the BelAire Subdivision Powder Springs GA 30127


Homes for Sale in the BelAire Subdivision Powder Springs GA 30127


Why Do People Live here?

BelAire is a beautiful active adult 55 and over neighborhood  by Windsong Properties in West Cobb County.  The community consists of single family “courtyard” homes full of upscale features and accessibility options.  The subdivision is conveniently located 3.7 miles west of Barrett Parkway on Macland Road in Powder Springs.  The area is close to shopping, dining, entertainment and health care.

Looking for a home in BelAire?

Interested in finding homes for sale in the BelAire Subdivision in Powder Springs GA? Click that link to find all the currently available homes in this community in Powder Springs.

What's the Neighborhood Like?

BelAire is tucked into a gently rolling hillside alcove just off Macland Road, setting higher than the roadway protects the community from noise and gives it a secluded country living feel.  The homes you would expect to find for sale in the BelAire subdivision are generally going to range between 1600 and 3000 square feet. The community started in 2012 and will reach completion in 2015.  The smallest homes in the neighborhood start with 2 bedrooms while the larger floor plans have a four bedroom layout with all models putting the master bedroom on the main floor. The premise of the community is “courtyard living” and is best experienced in this video. 

Basement homes are available with many offering an upgraded finish.  All homes feature a 2 car garage.  

Lots sizes are typically less than a 1/4 acre which is in keeping with the maintenance free lifestyle of active adult communities.  Home sites are professionally landscaped and include front and rear irrigation.

On-site amenities at BelAire include a central community park with a gazebo and grill area, a neighborhood dog park, paved walking trails, clubhouse with fitness area and community gardens.


active adult amenitiesWhat's Going on Nearby the BelAire Neighborhood?

BelAire is located minutes from several supermarkets and large discount chains.  Easy access to Barrett Parkway, East West Connector, Dallas Highway and Highway 278 provide ample opportunity for shopping & dining as well as entertainment at nearby theaters.  Marietta Square and downtown Powder Springs are just a short car ride.

If outdoor recreational activities are more your style, you may access the Silver Comet Trail at the Florence Road trail head or Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield.  Both offer opportunities for hiking, biking or leisurely strolling.  There are also many public and private golf courses in the area.

Find out more about the features of Cobb & Paulding counties that make them a wonderful choice for the ACTIVE ADULT LIFESTYLE.

What Schools will the Kids Attend?

While schools may not be a primary concern for residents in a 55 and over community they remain important when considering property values and appreciation.  In addition, those residents wishing to remain close to family and friends may find this information useful.  For BelAire, the school districts include: Varner Elementary School, Tapp Middle School and McEachern High School.  Find more information about Cobb County Schools.

Now You Really Want to Find a Home Here, Right?

If you are interested in the current homes for sale in BelAire Subdivision in Powder Springs GA click on the link. Our 'for sale' property information is a direct feed from the Georgia MLS and is updated multiple times per day.  Sale prices in the community over the last 12 months have ranged from a low of $242,000 to a high of $337,500.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON BELAIRE OR OTHER ACTIVE ADULT COMMUNITIES, PLEASE CONTACT JENNA DIXON, ASSOCIATE BROKER, DRA HOMES AT 770-374-4230.

*provided for informational purposes only, subject to errors and omissions.  Jenna Dixon and DRA Homes are not listing agents for this community and do not represent the seller.


Atlanta's Active Adult Communities Offer A FRESH START!

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 12/26/15

Atlanta's Active Adult Communities Offer A Fresh Start for Baby Boomers Entering a New Stage in Their Lives. 
An In-depth Look at Cobb & Paulding Counties.


Active adult communities come in 2 forms:
1.  age RESTRICTED developments require that 80% of residents must be 55 and over, OR,
2. age TARGETED developments simply marketed to 55 and over buyers.

Buyers in an active adult community range from "empty-nesters" and retirees to those still working full-time.  The commonality is found in the desire for a more "MAINTENANCE-FREE" level of home ownership in an amenity rich environment within a community of common interests.

One of the key components in an active adult community is INDEPENDENCE. These developments generally consist of detached single family homes, townhouses or condominiums.  They are not assisted living communities and do not provide help with transportation, housekeeping, personal care, medication, healthcare, meals, etc.  

Active adult developments are often referred to as "LIFESTYLE NEIGHBORHOODS."  According to a 2005 housing survey, nearly 85% of these communities were located in metropolitan areas with easy access to recreational and cultural attractions, shopping and dining, healthcare facilities as well as a variety of on-site activities. Active Adult Lifestyle Homes in Marietta

All of these factors and more have made Cobb & Paulding Counties very attractive areas for the development of both age restricted and targeted Active Adult Communities.

Let's start with the proximity of many of the state's colleges and universities. As children transition from area high schools to colleges such as Kennesaw State University, Perimeter College, West Georgia, UGA, Georgia State & Georgia Tech, parents are often inspired to downsize their living space without moving away from the area in which they raised their families.

Cobb & Paulding Counties both offer an established yet still growing healthcare network.  Wellstar, Kaiser Permanente, Resurgeons and the VA Outpatient Clinic all have a presence in the area.

Wellstar Kennestone Regional Medical Center is located in the heart of Cobb County at 677 Church Street, Marietta GA 30060.  The Wellstar network includes two additional hospitals in Cobb at Austell and Windy Hill as well as a host of urgent care centers and associated physician practices and imaging centers throughout the county.

The new Wellstar Paulding Hospital is conveniently located at 2518 Jimmy Lee Smith Parkway, Hiram 30141 and offers state of the art facilities for the fast growing communities of Hiram and Dallas.

Both counties are home to private airports capable of handling jet traffic for private and corporate air travel.  Cobb County McCollum Field is located in Kennesaw near Cobb Parkway and Kennesaw State University.  The airport houses several flight schools, charter services, bi-plane rides and a restaurant.

Silver Comet Field at Paulding Northwest Atlanta Airport is the newest jet capable airport built to serve the Atlanta market in over 30 years.  Located at 730 Airport Parkway, Dallas GA 30157.  The facility offers a flight school and hangar rentals in addition to the standard services.

Great amenities for active adultsOutdoor recreational opportunities in the area are abundant.  The Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park, Silver Comet Trail, the Chattahoochee Nature Center, Red Top Mountain State Park and Lake Allatoona are just a few!  Residents can enjoy hiking, biking, camping, horseback trail riding, swimming, boating and a host of other outdoor activities.

The Atlanta metro has a unique strategy to satisfy the retail needs of its residents. Nearly every niche neighborhood is home to its own shopping, dining and entertainment district.  Grocery, discount retail, upscale retail and specialty stores, movie theaters, museums and concert venues are plentiful in and around both counties.  
Of course, the Buckhead & Midtown Atlanta shopping districts are only a short drive. For super short cuts and traffic avoidance techniques, contact Jenna directly!

On-site amenities vary by neighborhood and go far beyond the "retirement" community stereotype of shuffleboard and Mahjong!  

These lifestyle-centric developments can bring the resort or vacation feel to your new home.  Pools, tennis, golf, country clubs, club houses, community events, fitness centers and classes like pilates are often available.  Walking and biking trails may be incorporated into the neighborhood.  You may find a stocked lake or fishing pond, a marina and more.

For some, never having to leave home is a BONUS.

Focusing on the physical and social needs of their residents bring Atlanta's Active Adult Communities to the forefront when searching for a new home!

"Maintenance free" home ownership is also an attractive quality.  Particularly in Cobb & Paulding, many Active Adult Communities are built upon the condominium concept. With that comes a HomeOwner's Association that manages exterior maintenance, lawn and landscaping services, trash removal, irrigation and the inclusion of some utility services.  

These services free residents to enjoy traveling without the restrictions of a more traditional model of home ownership.  No need to worry about the grass getting too tall or dying while on vacation!  It's all taken care of!

"Maintenance free" can also mean no exterior painting, gutter cleaning, etc.  In a condo association these items are included in the monthly or annual homeowner's association fees.

Imagine...taking a 3 month European vacation without giving home a second thought!

Go ahead, spend the summer at your beach condo.  Everything will be fine!

Visit the children or grandchildren for a few weeks.  No worries!

Let's explore what the "typical" home is like in an active adult community.  The most common terms used in describing these homes are GARDEN HOMES, PATIO HOMES, RANCH CONDOS, RANCH TOWNHOUSES.

The controlling theme is generally ONE LEVEL LIVING.  You will likely find a master bedroom and bathroom on the first floor as well as the common living areas. Main floor living makes "aging in place" easier.  In addition, step-less entries, grab bars in bathrooms, wider doors and hallways make future mobility issues simpler to deal with.

Homes are usually between 1500 and 2500 sq feet but never compromise on style!  Open floor plans, soaring ceiling heights, gas fireplaces, granite counter tops, stainless steel appliances, tile kitchens and baths, hardwood floors and more can be expected.

What is not common is basements.  While not unheard of or impossible to find, basements are not a standard feature among the homes in Active Adult communities. In keeping with the idea of "downsizing" and letting go of items that become unnecessary as residents move into this new phase of their lives, basements are extraneous and no longer desirable for many.

Don't worry! Storage won't be an issue.  In addition to guest bedrooms, many builders include "flex" space into their plans.  Areas such as bonus rooms, craft rooms, sun rooms, home offices, etc. often find their way into these homes.

Finding the perfect combination of location, amenities, floor plan and price range for your needs is my primary objective!  

If you need assistance selling your current home and finding all of the resources your will need to transition to your new home, I will be happy to help!

For more information about Active Adult Communities in Cobb & Paulding Counties, feel free to call Jenna Dixon at 770-374-4230 or email!

See information on individual communities here

Arbor Ridge at Marietta - 2015 Market Report

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 12/09/15

Arbor Ridge at Marietta is a 55+ Active Adult Community of Patio/Garden Style homes located in West Cobb County, Georgia.

Arbor Ridge at Marietta is situated just moments from the intersection of Barrett Parkway and Macland Road on West Sandtown Road.

This gated 55+ Active Adult Community features 38 patio/garden style townhomes with 2 car rear entry garages.  Many plans feature a small second floor bonus room above the garage that is a wonderful option as a guest room, home office, craft room or simply additional storage.

Homes in this community offer 2 and 3 bedroom plans with a minimum of 2 full baths (some units feature an additional half bath), stepless entries, spacious living areas, and optional sunrooms.  Homes range in size from 1550 to nearly 2500 square feet.  Construction took place between 2010 and 2015.

The community of Arbor Ridge at Marietta features a wonderful amenity package that includes a large clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool and private walking trails.  Located within walking distance to the West Cobb Soccer Complex which has a paved walking track.

Shopping in the area includes several grocery options, Wal-Mart, the Avenues at West Cobb, Town Center at Cobb and easy access to major retail outlets along the East West Connector.  Dining options are also plentiful nearby.

Wellstar at Cobb and the surrounding facilities provide outstanding and convenient medical care for area residents.

Arbor Ridge at Marietta is also convenient to the Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park as well as the Silver Comet Trail.

In 2015 there were 26 homes sold in Arbor Ridge at Marietta.  Prices ranged from a low of $182,000 to a high of $237,400.

As of December 9, 2015 there are NO ACTIVE LISTINGS of homes for sale in Arbor Ridge at Marietta.

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Acworth July 4th Fireworks Over the Lake

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 06/29/15

The City of Acworth celebrates July 4th with festivities beginning at 4pm at Cauble Park (4425 Beach Street, Acworth 30101).

Festivities begin include live music, free concerts, food and drink vendors and a fireworks display over Lake Acworth.

2015 Schedule:
Live music starts at 4pm
5:30 pm – Concert with The Paul Hand Band
7:00 pm – Headline concert with Flashback
Dark – Fireworks (around 9:30pm)

Admission is free and open to the public.  You can reserve at table for 6 and a parking pass for Cauble Park, $50 for Acworth residents and $70 for non-residents.  Visit www.acworthparksandrecreation.org for reservation information.

Have a safe & Happy Independence Day!

Kennesaw's Salute to America - July 3rd 2015

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 06/29/15

The City of Kennesaw's Independence Day Celebration

Kennesaw continues it's tradition of the pre-celebration, celebration.  Festivities kick off at 6pm on Friday, July 3rd and include live music, food, children's activities and more.

You won't want to miss the performance by the hottest Journey tribute band, DEPARTURE!

Location: 
The Historic Train Depot
2828 Cherokee Street
Kennesaw GA 30144

Schedule:
6 pm – United States Air Force Band of the West (Concert Band) – Depot stage
7pm – Last Five Standing – Main Street stage
8 pm – DEPARTURE (Journey tribute band) – Main Stage
Dark (approx. 9:30 pm) – Fireworks

Have a safe & Happy Independence Day!

Marietta July 4th Parade & Celebration

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 06/29/15

Marietta July 4th Parade and Celebration

The Marietta Freedom Parade kicks off the day's events at 10am and begins at the Roswell Street Baptist Church, travels west through the Square following Roswell Street and ending at North Marietta Parkway.  There will be 2000 participants and over 30,000 spectators.

The first of FOUR FREE CONCERTS begin at noon and feature Scott Thompson, Atlanta Concert Band, Twisted Whiskey & David Fleming.  See below for a detailed schedule and links.

The day long festivities also includes an Arts & Crafts Show and many other vendors.  Not to mention all of the wonderful shops and eateries surrounding the Square!

The fireworks spectacular begins at dark and can be seen from many convenient vantage points surrounding the city square.  Whether you want to be right in the mix of all of the action or an observer from points around Kennesaw Mountain, you are sure to enjoy all the day has to offer.

Parking is abundant but be sure to wear comfortable shoes, you may have to walk a few blocks into the Square!

Entertainment schedule

Have a safe & Happy Independence Day!

Powder Springs July 4th Celebration

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 06/29/15

Powder Springs July 4th

Powder Springs July 4th Celebration on the Lawn

The 2015 July 4th festivities will be held in Historic Downtown Powder Springs (4488 Pineview Drive, Powder Springs, GA 30127) beginning at 6pm with a performance by the local gospel quartet, Zion and followed by one of Atlanta's hottest cover bands, The Men in Blues.

There will be games and inflatables for the children as well as food vendors available throughout the celebration.

The patriotic program will begin at 9:15pm led by Mayor Vaughn, followed by the national anthem and the fireworks finale.

There are several wonderful vantage points around the city from which to watch the fireworks display including the Home Depot or Publix parking lots at the intersection of Powder Springs Road & New Macland Road.

This event is FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!

Have a safe & happy July 4th Celebration!

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Kerley Family Homes - West Cobb New Construction, Move In Ready

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 06/15/15

Kerley Family Homes has new homes in Burnt Hickory ready now.

Burnt Hickory is located in Marietta, GA 30064 just off Burnt Hickory Road.  Situated near Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and the intersection of Barrett Parkway.

Homes are priced from $330k.  Features include brick fronts, concrete siding, 4-5 bedrooms, 42" cabinets, hardwoods, granite, 2/10 warranty and more.

Currently, the builder is offering to pay 100% of the buyer's closing costs (some exclusions apply) when the buyer uses the preferred lender.

Click on the following links to see details of available homes:

19 Mt. Calvary Road, Marietta GA 30064
5 Beds/4.5 Baths  Listed at $336,676   FMLS# 5370189

20 Mt. Calvary Road, Marietta GA 30064
4 Beds/3.5 Baths  Listed at $332,548  FMLS# 5370181

23 Mt. Calvary Road, Marietta GA 30064
5 Beds/4.5 Baths Basement  Listed at $371,972  FMLS# 5370192

Contact me today at 770-374-4230 to arrange a private showing.  Negotiations are my specialty!

Why You Need A Buyer's Agent - Promises Promises

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 04/08/15

We've all had those buyers who are hard to contain.  You know the ones that sneak out on their own to look at homes.  Most often they are lured into a new construction community with an on-site agent. 

It's important that we caution our buyers against such behavior and even more important that we have a Buyer Broker Agreement signed UP FRONT.

After more than 12 years in this business (trial by fire) the BBA is my best friend and has saved my bacon on more than one occasion.

The Buyer Brokerage Agreement also recently SAVED MY BUYER'S BACON.

After reaching a verbal agreement with the on-site agent, my buyer CLIENT contacted me to arrange a meeting to finalize a written contract. 

We needed to make sure that all of the "promises" made by the on-site agent made it into the contract, including the upgraded washer/dryer, seller paid closing costs using an outside lender and a 30 day close. 

First things first, the builder's contract specifically stated that the seller would only pay closing costs with the preferred lender.  Don't we need an amendment to the contract to correct that?  NO? 

Yes, I think that as the buyer's agent, we do need amendment.  We aren't in a hurry, we'll wait while you prepare the amendment.

Next...you're sure that the seller will allow the buyer to upgrade the washer/dryer to a front load model?  That's not an option on this selection sheet.  DON'T WORRY?

No, I don't worry.  We'll wait while you prepare an amendment specifying the model that the buyer wants installed as part of the purchase and sale agreement. 

Are you certain that the builder will be able to comply with your 30 day close date?  Oh yes, they are very responsive and we should have the signed, binded agreement back from corporate within 24 hours.

THE SURPRISE "PROMISE" came up as we approached the financing portion of the contract.  Apparently, the on-site agent had informed my buyer that FHA had recently reduced the required down payment from 3.5% to 3%.  HELLO????  Are you new???? 

After going back and forth for five minutes, I was forced to allow Google to settle the point.

It became evident immediately that we were going to have a few issues, beginning with a very UNRESPONSIVE SELLER.  It didn't take 24 hours to receive the binded agreement.  It took 6 days.

Because we were dealing with new construction, there were 4 documents that the lender required the seller to complete.  It took 8 days to receive those documents.

These delays forced a delay in the original closing date.  We presented the seller with a request for a 14 day extension 7 days prior to the scheduled closing date.  The seller insisted that they would only agree to a 7 day extension and were unable to return the signed extension prior to the expiration of the sales contract.

Three days prior to the closing, I was contacted by the on-site agent to say that the upgraded washer/dryer specified in the contract was "not an option" that the builder was willing to provide.

My response was that they should review the Amendment to the Contract signed by all parties and get back to me with the expected delivery date of the items specified in the contract.

If there ever was a case to be made for a formal Buyer Brokerage Agreement, this might be it. 

While it may be very encouraging to have the listing agent or on-site new construction agent tell the buyer just what they want to hear, rest assured that the terms of the written contract will always prevail.

When it's time to buy a new home, make sure to stack the deck in your own favor and hire your own dedicated BUYER'S AGENT to represent your interests in the transaction.

FAQ #2 What is a Realistic Time Line to Close on My Home?

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 03/06/15

FAQ #2  What is a realistic time line to close on my home?

 

Q:  What is a realistic time line to close on my home?

 

A:  You should plan on a minimum of 45 days from the binding agreement date to closing. 

 

Whether you are on the buying or selling side, this is the question that I hear most often.  It's a valid question.  A lot of planning goes into buying or selling a home, not the least of which are the logistics involved in moving your residence.

 

Let's go over some of the factors that can impact the time line in getting to closing.

 

1.  Type of financing.  With a traditional FHA, VA or conventional loan things generally run pretty smoothly.  When you add anything "outside of the box" it may take longer.  For instance, FHA loans with a repair escrow or FHA 203K rehab loans could add several weeks.

 

2.  Type of seller.  Closing with a traditional private party seller will be generally faster than a corporate seller, such as a bank or government entity.  When you are working with an individual as the seller, paperwork can be processed more quickly as opposed to a bank or government seller which may take several days or up to a week to turn around paperwork.

 

3.  Property condition.  Based on the type of financing you choose, property condition can play an important role.  Having unexpected repairs flagged on an FHA or VA appraisal could delay the transaction by a few days up to several weeks.  If the appraiser requires repairs to a property before assigning a value, the buyer and seller must negotiate who will pay for the repairs.  Once the repairs are completed, the appraiser will re-inspect the property and assign a final value on the property.

 

Property condition can also cause a delay when unexpected items are noted on the buyer's home inspection report.  Extensive negotiations between the buyer and seller regarding repairs can take additional time.

 

4.  The appraisal.  Every home that is being purchased with a traditional home loan will be subject to a third party appraisal ordered by the lender.  Appraisals seem to be performed at leisure.  Generally, once the appraisal is order by the lender, you can expect a minimum of 7 days before the official report is returned.  I have seen it take as long as 14 days.  There is little to no effect that your agent or even your lender can have in speeding up this process.

 

5.  Price vs. Value.  Relating back to the appraisal, if the contract sales price is higher than the assigned appraised value:  the buyer and seller may be required to re-negotiate the sales price down to the appraised value OR the selling agent may appeal for a review of the appraised value by filing a formal challenge with the Appraisal Management Company OR the buyer may agree to pay the difference in cash OR the buyer or seller may terminate the contract altogether if agreeable terms cannot be reached.

 

6.  Failure to respond in a timely fashion.  This is an all too common occurrence.  Buyers, sellers and agents are all guilty of this.  Once there is a binded contract, everyone needs to move quickly in processing the required paperwork.  Every day that one of these parties take in providing the required documents is a potential delay in the closing. 

 

7.  Volume.  The number of loans in process at any given lender can slow down the underwriting and closing process.  Loan files and their accompanying documents are generally handled in the order in which they are received (see #6). 

 

While lenders do try to be cognizant of closing dates, the higher the volume of loans in process, the longer the underwriting and closing turn around can be.  In the slow periods, we can see turn arounds as quick as 24 hours and during peak buying and refinance periods that can turn into 72 hours or as much as 7 days.

 

Volume can also effect the scheduling availability for the closing attorney or settlement agent.  Many home buyers and refinances occur at the end of the month, choosing a closing date at the first of the month or mid month can help abate this concern.

 

Choosing the right buyer's agent or listing agent to manage the contract time lines can keep your closing on schedule. 

 

A big part of my job as your real estate agent is to assist the players in your transaction cooperate in an efficient and timely manner while protecting your assets.

 

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FAQ #1 Does my spouse have to be on the loan?

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 03/03/15

Q:  Does my spouse have to be on our new mortgage loan?Does my spouse have to be on the loan?

A:  The short answer is NO.  There is no requirement that spouses/partners must apply for a mortgage jointly. 

Often, one spouse may have credit issues that the other does not.  In that case, it might be more advantageous to leave them off of the mortgage application.  Credit scores factor in to determining interest rates as well as available loan products. 

For example, lenders have "minimum" credit score requirements in order to qualify for FHA/USDA/VA & conventional financing.  A substandard score on the mortgage application will disqualify the entire application and the loan will be denied.

When considering joint mortgage applications, the prevailing score is the LOWEST MIDDLE SCORE OF ALL APPLICANTS.

The caveat to not including both spouses/partners on the mortgage application is that the income of the excluded spouse/partner is also excluded. 

For example, if Spouse A is not included on the mortgage application because of credit issues, SPOUSE A's INCOME WILL NOT BE COUNTED.  The mortgage approval will only be based on the income of the credit qualified applicant, Spouse B.

If Spouse A has an income of $50k per year and Spouse B has an income of $50k per year for a total household income of $100K, the excluded spouse's income will be set aside and the mortgage approval will be based on the $50k per year earned by Spouse B.

The excluded income will likely result in less purchasing power. 

There are many valid reasons for excluding a spouse or partner from a mortgage application: poor credit score, higher debt ratios, judgments, tax liens, bankruptcies or foreclosures that did not include the spouse, no income, self employed with less than 2 years history, or even previous home ownership.

My recommendation is to contact a reputable loan officer to explore the mortgage options that are right for your situation.  My preferred lender partner is Christensen Financial-Powder Springs.

Foreclosures for Sale in Powder Springs GA 30127 - March 2015

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 03/02/15

Foresclosed Homes for Sale in Powder Springs GA 30127

As of March 2, 2015 the First Multiple Listing Service show 3 ACTIVE FORECLOSURE LISTINGS for Powder Springs, GA.  The housing market is continuing its recovery and we are seeing few distressed sales in our market.

As of this writing, the following homes are available:
6226 Windflower Drive, Powder Springs GA 30127  $372,900
Oakwind Subdivision  5 Bedroom / 3.5 Bath / Full Unfinished Basement
FMLS# 5398925  GAMLS# 7406451

2157 Overland Way, Powder Springs GA 30127  $192,500
Southwinds Plantation Subdivision  5 Bedroom / 3 Bath / Full Finished Basement
FMLS# 5388382  GAMLS# 7397275

3252 Woodcliff Way, Powder Springs GA 30127  $164,900
Country Walk Subdivision  4 Bedroom / 2.5 Bath
FMLS# 5380105  GAMLS# 7381946

Buying a foreclosed property takes patience and skill.  I will be happy to help you locate the property that is right for you and is the perfect match for your mortgage loan product.  Learn more about the importance of choosing the right loan for your home.

To begin the process, contact me today at 770-374-4230 or email me with the address of the property you are interested in.

My preferred lender partner is Christensen Financial - Powder Springs.  Rick can help you understand your financing options, select the right loan product for your needs and PROVIDE YOU WITH A FREE MORTGAGE PRE-QUALIFICATION THAT YOU CAN COUNT ON!

Homes for Sale in Merrion Park Subdivision Powder Springs GA

by Jenna Dixon, Associate Broker. DRA Homes on 02/20/15

Homes for sale in Merrion Park Subdivision in Powder Springs GA

New construction homes available in Merrion Park

Homes for Sale In Powder Springs

Merrion Park Community Details:
68 Homesites (as of 2-20-15 40 sites remaining, approximately 10 basement sites are available)
Swim Community (HOA $750 initiation fee / $700 annual required)
Prices from the $300's
Schools Serving the Neighborhood:
Varner, Tapp & Mceachern
Located on New Macland Road between Macedonia Rd & Macland Rd

Home Features Include:
Granite & Tile
Stainless Steel Appliance Package
Heavy Molding Details
Garden Tubs
Recessed Lighting
Bronze Finish Fixtures
Hardwood Flooring
Masonry Siding w/ Brick, Stone or Shake Accents
2 or 3 Car Garages
SEE MORE FEATURES HERE
VIEW AVAILABLE FLOORPLANS HERE
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As of 2-20-15 Merrion Park Buyer Incentives Include:
$15,000 credit to be used toward closing costs or additional upgrades
3% in builder paid closing costs with the use of one of the preferred lenders

As of 2-20-15 there is one home available for an April 2015 closing
Lot 43 2786 Carrick Court Powder Springs GA 30127
5 Bedrooms / 4 Baths / 3 Car Side Entry Garage / Sanford "E" Plan
FMLS# 5387013  GAMLS#  7393438  List Price: $378,651

For more information on Merrion Park or to arrange a private showing, please contact Jenna Dixon at 770-374-4230.  Remember, without the assistance of a professional buyer's agent, you have no one representing you in the transaction since the listing agent represents the seller/builder.

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